Thunderbowl Victors of the Past

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Past Thunderbowl Raceway World of Outlaws Winners

by Gary Thomas

The inaugural World of Outlaws event at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway occurred in September of 2003 when 20-time series champion Steve Kinser scored victory over Tim Shaffer and Jason Meyers. The 2017 season marks the 14th overall year that the “Greatest Show on Dirt” will invade the one-third mile clay oval.

This weekend’s event features both the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprint Car Series each night. If you’re a fan of Sprint Car racing this is the weekend for you!

Past World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series winners at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

2016- David Gravel on March 12
2015- Tim Kaeding on March 13, Rico Abreu on March 14
2014- Daryn Pittman on March 14, Rico Abreu on March 15
2013- Tim Kaeding on March 15, Craig Dollansky on March 16
2012 – Tim Kaeding on March 16
2011 – Joey Saldana on March 19
2010 – Jason Meyers on March 5, Joey Saldana on March 6
2009 – Randy Hannagan on March 20, Joey Saldana on March 21
2008 – Jac Haudenschild on Oct. 18
2007 – Joey Saldana on Feb. 23, Tim Kaeding on Feb. 24, Donny Schatz on Oct. 13
2005 – Tim Shaffer on Feb. 25, Donny Schatz on October 14, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 15
2004 – Erin Crocker on October 29, Terry McCarl on October 30
2003 – Steve Kinser on September 3

To purchase your tickets for the March 17 and 18 double header contact the Thunderbowl Raceway box office at (559) 688-0909. Tickets will be available at the track for purchase beginning at 1pm each day with will call also opening at that time. The front gate will open at 4pm both nights and racing is scheduled to fire-off around 7pm.

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All seating is reserved during the weekend with grandstand tickets $45 on Friday and $50 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $40 on Friday and $45 on Saturday. Kids 6-12 are half price and 5 and under are free. A seating chart, as well as hotel info is available online at

Following this weekend Thunderbowl Raceway will go to dark until Saturday April 8 when the USAC/CRA Wingless 410 Sprint Cars make their return to Tulare, along with the USAC Western Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprints and IMCA Stocks.

Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. Camping is also available at the fairgrounds located off turns three and four. #TachiPalace

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